Dear Resident,

Rother is consulting on proposals for dog controls across the district. The deadline for comments is Monday 31 July.

One proposal which may prove controversial is –

“Sports and Recreational Facilities”

We propose to ban dogs from sport and recreational facilities that are available in public open spaces, such as tennis courts, cricket, football and hockey pitches, gym equipment areas, BMX and skateboard areas in all of Rother. We have received complaints from football coaches that they have to “clean” football pitches before training or a match. Unfortunately, some dog owners don’t clean up after their dogs or don’t do so effectively. The exclusion would apply to football and cricket pitches when in use. The exclusion would only apply to the actual sports pitch or court and not the entire green area or ground.  Dogs would continue to have the same permissions to use the rest of the green space.”

I am not sure how this would affect shared recreational spaces such as Wood Field in Fairlight.

At Pett Level it is proposed to remove the restrictions on dogs on the beach.

To take part in the consultation please follow the link –

Best wishes,


Important- Dog Control Proposals in Rother – Consultation